Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet will meet at 7.45 pm on Thursday. It is likely to discuss the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the state with the affected tally having touched 4338 till Wednesday afternoon.
The state government in its renewed strategy to curb the spread of the virus on Wednesday also announced to set up COVID Care Home facility in each panchayat.
Reports further suggest that the meeting may revolve around the ensuing Rath Yatra. The Cabinet may discuss and announce important decisions on the annual festival, slated for June 23 in Puri.
The Supreme Court is also scheduled to hear petitions on Rath Yatra on Thursday.
The agenda for the meeting is yet to be revealed, official sources said.
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Bijoy Mahapatra had slammed the Odisha government over its silence on conducting the festival in Puri amid the COVID-19 pandemic and demanded an immediate statement in this regard.
RECENT CABINET DECISIONS
A decision to accord state song status to ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ was taken on June 7 Cabinet meeting.
On May 29, the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had approved 22 proposals, gave post-facto approval to ordinances already promulgated and amended Odisha Tourism Policy 2016 to ease land allocation to hotel projects.